Reflexology can help to relieve stress and anxiety and is especially beneficial when used alongside other natural remedies such as eating a healthier diet, cutting back on alcohol and caffeine consumption, getting better sleep, and taking regular exercise.
Our emotions can greatly impact our health and well-being a UK stress survey commissioned by the Mental Health Foundation has found that almost three-quarters of adults (74%) have at some point felt completely overwhelmed or unable to cope.
Stress is an essential component to the balance of life, we live with it and in it every day. Motivation of everyday activities requires a small amount of stress however too much stress whether it is from work, home, physical, psychological or social results in our bodies staying in a heightened stress alert response for prolonged periods of time. This can leave us feeling exhausted as well as impacting negatively on our health and well-being and without relief, stress can continue to build fuelling anxiety and may eventually lead to depression.
Reflexology for Stress & Anxiety
Following video is a short self help hand reflexology sequence for stress
When we are stressed the hypothalamus triggers the sympathetic nervous system to a state of high alert, and the body produces stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol.
This process prepares the body for ‘fight or flight’- to fight the danger or run from it and many changes take place in the body.
If you are suffering from stress, you may find that you are constantly worrying, finding it difficult to make decisions or concentrate, have problems sleeping; feel overwhelmed, irritable or lacking in self-esteem.
Physical Changes During Periods of Stress
Muscles tense up ready for action
Increased heart rate
Increased blood pressure
Increased blood-glucose levels
The digestive and immune systems shut down so there is more energy for other systems
Inability to focus on small tasks due to acute awareness on the big problem
Pupils dilate for acute sight to spot the danger
Your first treatment will start with a short health consultation to discuss your medical history and anything that may be causing you stress or concern and explain how Reflexology works, what you can expect from your treatment.
One of the most valuable reflex points to control anxiety symptoms.
Working the solar plexus point will enhance any feelings of well-being and reduce the sensation of butterflies in your stomach, encourage you to breath slower and deeper and generally calm down all the physical indications of stress.
Head & Brain
Working these points help to control any sense of overwhelm and will encourage clear thinking and a more balanced approach to your problems and help you to concentrate more effectively and to be less distracted when you are trying to learn or absorb something new.
Working the stomach reflex areas will help with nausea, ‘butterflies’ or changes in your appetite.
Small Intestines & Colon
Helps with irritable bowel symptoms
Working the adrenal reflex points will encourage your adrenal glands to adjust their production of the stress hormones adrenalin and cortisol.
The pineal gland is responsible for the sleep-wake cycle of the body, working this reflex point will help with insomnia or other sleep-related symptoms.
The pituitary gland is one of the most important endocrine glands and is closely linked to the body’s stress response. Working this area will help reduce any anxiety symptoms as well as helping to adjust your body’s response to stress.